“For those of us who lived here through the terror attacks and their haunting aftermath, 9/11 has become a permanent part of the DNA of New York City. You see it, feel it, remember it, think and talk of it every day.”—Dennis Hamill
I think that photographers should use their technical and aesthetic skills to photograph their older friends and family and make the time and effort to display and preserve these images in an album or website so that future generations will know what these people looked like in contemporary surroundings, not just in old, restored photographs.
I’m always surprised when people spend time and money restoring old photographs of their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents after they’ve passed away but little time making snapshots and portraits of them while they’re still with us. Mary Farace made this photograph (at left) of her parents on the occasion of her mother’s ninetieth birthday using a Nikon V1 and 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens (at 30mm) with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 1600. It captures, I think, the love these two people have for one another.
The most precious gift anybody can give is photographs of the people they love. Make the time to photograph your kids; make portraits of your mom, dad, or grandparents so these images can be shared with future generations. Don’t forget yourself. Have your own portrait made, framed and give it to a loved one; they will cherish it.
And never, never forget that photography is the universal language and use it to make friends for all humankind.
This post originally appeared in a slightly different and longer form on the MacPhun Blog. Please visit it from time to time to catch up with a great series of photographic tips and techniques.